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Happy 30th Birthday Jackson Print
Written by Tim West    Tuesday, 05 July 2016

 Happy 10th year Jackmail


On Saturday 30th April 2016 we had a Big Birthday Bushdancing Bash for Jackson's birthday and for JACKmail's 10th anniversary year.

The photos show what a wonderful time was had by all.

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Sally awarded an Order of Australia Medal Print
Written by Tim West    Monday, 13 July 2015

On Australia day 2015, Sally Richards received an Order of Australia Medal "for her work as an innovator, activist and advocate for people with a disability since 2004". Her award was written up in the Canberra Times, published the same day, in an article by Emma Kelly (click here to read it). The investiture ceremony was held on 17 April 2015 at Government House, Yarralumla, ACT. Below is a picture of Sally, her son Tim and Tim's partner Shawn at the investiture ceremony.

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Benambra Intentional Community Relationship Building Weekend Print
Written by Tim West    Wednesday, 22 April 2015

On Friday 17th April 2015, 33 people made their way to Murramurang Beachside Holiday Park at South Durras Beach

They were Benambra Intentional Community residents and people who support the community in a variety of ways plus their families. It was a fabulous turn out with only a few people unable to come mostly because of illness.


We arrived on Friday night and stayed until Sunday. The weather was not sunny but it was pretty damn fine and no need to worry about sunburn. Perfect for walking and exploring and not too cold for swimming.

As Karen and I prepared the bar-be-que on Saturday evening and looked at the rather large group assembled around us and around the food, wine, soccer balls, laughter and even leeches (just a few) we said to each other: “Look at the people who have gathered here because of Jackson, Dan and Ben. This is more than fantastic and everything we had dreamed of.”

We are so thrilled to have the intentional community established and we find that building stronger relationships with everyone in the community is a real joy.

We are so grateful for the friendship and support of all the people who live in the community and all the people who support the community in very many ways.

We have decided to make this an annual event. We will need to find the money but one way or another we will. It was too valuable a week-end to let it only happen once. 


- Sally Richards

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Benambra One Year On features on ABC Canberra's "7:30" program Print
Written by Tim West    Sunday, 27 July 2014

A year after Benambra opened, ABC Canberra visited us to see how we were all going. As they found out: the community is going fantastically! Here is the full report, which originally aired on 25 July 2014. The reporter was Adrienne Francis, and the presenter was Chris Kimball. We are grateful to Chris, Adrienne and the whole team at ABC Canberra for making such a great report. You can also click here to go to the ABC Canberra "7:30" page about the report.

Benambra One Year On! Print
Written by Tim West    Sunday, 15 June 2014

The Benambra Intentional Community is now one year old. In our first year, we have had scores of events including music gigs, community working bees and celebrations. The community has been in the media many times, and Sally and Tim have written a book about it! To see all these exciting events and more, head to the Getting A Life website!


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